A 51-year-old member asked:
how long should it take a cut on my finger to heal? i cut it in the kitchen last week and it is still a bit tender and sore.
3 doctor answers
Dr. Rahil Malik answered
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Weeks: It truly depends on the severity of the cut (superficial vs deep) and how much protection that site is recieving --> is it constantly being irritated or are you protecting it with a bandage. Furthermore, if it is draining pus and looks reddened/swollen, you may have an inflammatory reaction going on due to presence of bacteria. Keep the area clean, protect it and it should heal.
Answered on Aug 28, 2016
Dr. Gary Pess answered
40 years experience Hand Surgery
2 weeks for most: Keep it clean and prevent infection. The time it takes to heal depends on the location (crease) and depth. Usully 2 weeks.
Answered on Jul 23, 2018
Dr. Michael Miller answered
36 years experience Wound care
Maximize healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.
Answered on Jan 27, 2017
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